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Battle royale: Fowler, Yang lead McIlroy in Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea – Defending champion Y.E. Yang shot a 4-under 67 Thursday to claim a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler after the first round of the Korea Open.

In front of his local fans, Yang sank a birdie putt on the final hole at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Fowler bogeyed the same hole.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy was a stroke behind in a three-way tie for third with Hong Soon-Sang and Lee Soo-min.

McIlroy, who finished third at the 2009 tournament, birdied the opening hole and missed a chance to take a share of the lead with a bogey on No. 18.